Rolling Stone is reporting a new musical based on the life and career of singer and songwriter, Carole King, will makes its debut on Broadway in Spring of 2014. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, follows King from her early days in Brooklyn to her partnership with Gerry Goffin and feat songs by King, Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
"What's so great about this for me is that musicals were a major influence on my songwriting," said King in a statement. "In fact, when Gerry and I first met, we made a bargain that I would write music for the Broadway show he wanted to write if he wrote lyrics for my rock & roll songs. The songs took off and the show idea never came to fruition. Now that our songs have merged with a Broadway show, we've come full circle."
The production is currently working on an out-of-town debut and hopes to bring the show to Broadway in Spring 2014.
WYEP is proud to present American Originals, our monthly spotlight on an essential American artist, featuring the music of Carole King on Monday March 25th at 7pm on 91.3fm and WYEP.org.
Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh's finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Mervis of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott:
Carole King, "Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday" - The other day my job required that I endure repeated plays of the new Anthrax album, which was fine, but once done with that, I needed the antidote. The closest thing was the soothing new Carole King album, her first foray into holiday music. The legendary singer sounds like her old self here, just
as she did at the Arena with James Taylor. This one is cover of a soul song by William Bell and Booker T. Jones.
Summer-Winter, "Shine" - The second album from Pittsburgh singer-songwriter Terry O'Hara (who goes under the moniker of Summer-Winter) is suitable for gazing out the window at a snowy winter scene. If you like Grandaddy, Sparklehorse or even Kurt Vile, you'll appreciate his slow, spacey mode of indie pop.